So, we have 2020. You probably have read several articles with trend predictions for 2020 and got some inspiration. However, maybe you would like to focus on some things that will boost your skills as a designer?
Let’s explore things that may help you become a better designer this year!
1. Attend at Least Two Conferences
Conferences, meet-ups are great places to inspire and meet remarkable people. You should attend a few events. They will help you keep track on what you are doing!
Recently Pablo Stanley launched the site with a collection of Design Conferences. Find something for you!
All Design Conferences - A place to find UX, Tech, and Creative Events Around the World
A place to find UX, tech, and creative events around the world.
2. Master Your Design Tool
It does not matter if you choose Sketch, Figma, Adobe XD, or other design tools. You have to know the features and the workflow of specific software to work efficiently.
For me Sketch is the primary Tool. I also write some tutorials that may help you learn freash features. If you would like to read about some tips on more advanced features here are some of mentioned tutorials:
How to work with Styles & Symbols in Sketch Components Panel | UXMISFIT.COM
Components Panel and Popover introduced in Sketch 60 changed the way we work with Symbols and Styles. If you would like…
Sketch Smart Layout - Tutorial + Practical Tips | UXMISFIT.COM
Thanks to the Smart Layout feature introduced in Sketch 58, Symbols have become even more powerful elements of our…
… you may also learn other interesting tips that you may not yet know:
11 advanced Sketch techniques you may not know about
Master Sketch with these deceptively simple tricks.
5 Things You (Likely) Didn’t Know Sketch’s Combined Shapes Can Do
The more I dig into Sketch’s combined shapes, the more I’m amazed at what can be done with them. Check out these 5…
3. Start Using and Developing Design System
I know its 2020, and the majority of us already use Design Systems. If you didn’t have any chance to build or use one, let’s do it this year.
If somehow your commercial work will not allow to create Design Systems UI Library from the scratch, use some foundations to speed up the thing. If you are afraid of creating it for your client fro the first time, try to make a personal project. There is always a way.
Design Systems are the standard now, so having experience in this matter is extremely important. Here are some articles to begin with:
What is a Design System? Definition & Examples | UXMISFIT.COM
Design System is a big thing in UX Design Process. Lots of blog posts, videos or tweets mention the benefits of…
Design Systems + Sketch — How to start preparing UI Components Library
Are your Design System good enough? Learn the smart techniques to implement your Design System UI in Sketch
UI Kits or Design System Kits? What is the difference? Which one to use?
Building UI from scratch may be a tedious process. That’s why we use UI Kits or Design System Kits, but which one is…
…and a free ebook:
Design Systems Handbook
This book guides readers through best practices around planning, designing, building, and implementing a design system…
4. Discover Neo/Neumorphism
While I do not recommend to follow trends blindly — it is necessary to know what is happening. The come back of skeuomorphism as neuomorphism may be the thing this year. Inspire yourself with a few designs made in this style.
Recently Michal Malewicz has written a helpful article explaining the trend:
Neumorphism in user interfaces
How UI trends reach for inspiration into the real world and what problems do we have to solve to make those trends…
… and here is the set of inspiration from Dribbble:
Search Designs on Dribbble
Discover the World's Top Designers & Creative Professionals who specialize in Graphic Design, UX Design, UI Design…
5. Find Valuable Inspiration on Social Media.
Medium and blogs are a great place to learn and inspire from. I am sure that you already follow some Facebook Groups. However, ff you are on Instagram, you may see that it is also a place actively explored by designers.
You may find UI Design inspirations there:
… or learn UX/UI from other Designers:
You can also 🙌 catch me on Instagram! 😃
6. Join a Course to Develop or Structurize Skills
Mastering software is one thing, but there is always something to learn in various disciplines, choose from well-known sources like Learnux by Greg Rog or Udemy.
Get ahead in UI/UX Design - Video Courses - learnux.io
A while ago I was encouraged to start with UX and UI design and get early access to learnux.io. I wasn't sure how to…
Online Design Courses
The ultimate online design courses - learn how to design web sites, logos, posters and more. Find a course on Udemy and…
… also this year MDS is launching a very promising course for Visual Design:
Shift Nudge is a new online course that covers all the nitty-gritty details of crafting the visual side of UI. The…
7. Focus More on Accessibility
We still hear about the need for designing for everyone, but there is plenty of sites and apps that need to be adjusted for various disabilities.
This year you should focus more on making your designs accessible.WCAG 2.0 will always help you with guidelines.
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Overview
Introducing the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), including WCAG 2.0 and WCAG 2.1. Quick links to resources…
There are also some handy tools for designers to help design for accessibility:
Design with accessibility in mind. Stark is the color-blind simulator and contrast checker.
8. Remember About GDPR
Privacy has become an important thing in Europe last year. Lots of websites still need to be enhanced to match all patterns. Help your clients design user-friendly patterns for GDPR.
Here is a little help:
Cookie-Script: free GDPR compliance for cookies
We will take care of the legal part Any website owned by an entity in the European Union, or is marketed toward…
9. Learn to Design for Automation & Productivity
There are more and more tools that help to automate tasks. Designing for them is challenging, so you may explore the following tools to learn from:
Zapier | The easiest way to automate your work
Link your web apps with a few clicks, so they can share data Pass info between your apps with workflows called Zaps…
Get started with IFTTT, the easiest way to do more with your favorite apps and devices for free. Make your home more…
There are also new tools that enhance personal and team productivity. The simplicity and flexibility of these solutions are stunning. Explore and analyze how simplicity and productivity connect in these solutions:
Notion - The all-in-one workspace for your notes, tasks, wikis, and databases.
A new tool that blends your everyday work apps into one. It's the all-in-one workspace for you and your team
Fibery | Freedom to work your way
You've tried many tools, but none feels right. Put an end to your endless search. for a tech startup, experimental…
10. Take Some Break to Get Inspiration From Other Disciplines
Design is a broad industry. You may spend entire life learning theories and mastering the tools. This year find a hobby that is not directly related to design. Thanks to this, you will keep your mind fresh and open for inspiration.
Think what you always wanted to try, but you never had “enough” time. Maybe this is the year to start doing this! 😃
Trends come and go, but developing your skills always pay off.
2020 may be an excellent time for you as a designer. Lots of things depend on you, so inspire yourself and make something cool! Good luck!
By the way…
If you plan to start a new project or you would like to organize your UI Library — do not waste your time creating everything from scratch. Feel free to use mentioned above Design System Kit called Prime. It is All-In-One UI Design Starter Kit for Sketch. See Prime in action.
🎁 Now, you can get 10% Off for The Kit with MEDIUM10 offer code!